Authorities say two Northern Calif. men forced a teenage girl to work as slave labor on a pot farm, allegedly sexually abusing her and locking her in a small metal box for several days at a time, according to a July 26, 2013 New York Daily News report.
The men, Ryan Balletto, 30, and Patrick Pearmain, 24, had more than 1,000 pot plants on their Clearlake farm, according to the report.
KCRA reports that police discovered a rack that is used to hold a human being captive and a number of bondage devices near the 4 by 2 by 2 foot box where they believe the girl was held.
According to CBS San Francisco, the girl told police she was forced to spend at least 3 days locked in the metal container, which had holes in it to provide her air.
A massive stash of weapons was also found, which included shotguns and assault rifles. CBS reports the arsenal was described as “the largest and most sophisticated bulk of weapons seized in recent Lake County Sheriff’s Office history.”
According to the Daily News, Balletto and Pearmain were already being investigated by the FBI when the Los Angeles Police Dept. contacted local authorities to inform them that a missing girl may have been kidnapped in Lake County.
CBS reports the girl is now safe and was told by one law enforcement source that there may be more victims in the case.
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